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Skyscraper Girl

This is funny, and it points up the differences between your IRL and your Internet social lives....the one thing people notice first about me in person is something you may not know.

I'm tall. Really tall. Five foot eleven, barefoot. And yes, that's five inches taller than my husband (though he likes to wear boots )

They say if you measure a girl at age two, or a boy at age 2 1/2, and double it, that's a good prediction of adult height. I was three feet, so I grew up knowing I had a good chance of being six feet tall. I remember watching gymnastics on TV, and telling my mother how much I wished I could do that. I also said I was worried about being taller than the boys. She replied, "Honey, it's highly unlikely you'll be less than five foot eight."  My fate was sealed.

Most girls reach their adult height at twelve or thirteen. I didn't reach 5'11" till sixteen.  Sometimes it's nice to be tall. Sometimes I wish I could be just a few inches shorter, or even tiny for a day. No good reason--I just want to see what it's like! But I can't. There's not a thing I can do about my height. So please don't think I have this huge self-esteem thing about it--I don't. I accept it. But it really does change your life in ways a shorter woman would never think about.

A few facts of my life as a Skyscraper Girl:

-It took me YEARS to buy and enjoy capri pants, remembering the taunts of "high water!" for my unintentionally short pants.

-I am grateful for every store that sells tall clothing at a reasonable price--especially those that specify height ranges for their sizes. But the LL Bean catalog just went into the trash....for some reason they cater to tall men but ONLY the "average" (read: five-foot-four) woman.

-Because my proportions are different, I am as thin as I should be in a size eight. I smile when I read about a short starlet getting down to a size two. I'd be DEAD if I were a size two.

-A former boss thought I was better suited for a position of authority than my petite predecessor, calling me "Amazon Woman" and "The Natural Deterrent" (deterring children's bad behavīor with my mere presence). Maybe this was because I was taller than him.

-When you're pregnant, the doctor measures your tummy, top to bottom. During my first pregnancy, I was told over and over that I was "measuring small," and they were worried about me gaining enough weight.  I later found out this is common for Skyscraper Girls. How counterintuitive is that?

-I never dated someone shorter than me before I met my husband.

-He asks for my help with the stuff on the high shelf (though I must point out he's got far more brute strength than I do).

And, from time to time, I will strike up a conversation with a woman I don't know. Why? Because I notice that she's taller than me, and that's unusual, and we can trade stories and clothes secrets. Here, I would love to insert a photo of a girl I met at my latest temp job (attendance clerk at a junior college). Problem is, I feel funny asking to take her picture, and it makes it hard to keep my private life on here cordoned off. Anyway, this female student walked through our office door who barely cleared the jamb. I asked. She was six foot three. And not a "big" girl either--probably a size ten (see my note on proportions above), and very stylishly dressed. So anyway, you'll have to just take my word on this chick.

One more note. Some men do like us Skyscraper Girls. Doug was a guy I went to church with, short and swarthy, of German stock. He met the sister of my good friend Michelle. Michelle's about my size, but Cindy is six foot three, voluptuous, and beautiful. Reportedly, Doug asked Michelle, "Can I just shimmy up her, like climbing a tree? Just one time?" Jeremy and I had a good laugh on that one.

Feel free to weigh in with your own reflections on being short, tall, or somewhere in between.

 

over 12 years ago 0 likes  8 comments  0 shares
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i'm short (5'3)... but when i go back to HK, i'm pretty much average... haha. my boyfriend is 6'1... =)
over 12 years ago
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i grew up in the 80's, so finding jeans or slacks that were long enough didn't matter since i pulled them up to my knees anyway. i guess the thing that got tiresome was constantly being asked if i played basketball.
over 12 years ago
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I guess I'm average, 5'7." I grew up in areas with many Asian minorities. They're not as tall as I wanted them to be but at least some cleared me. haha. I know some of them were intimidated by my height, preferring those cute, pixie-sized Asian girls. That's ok; they obviously weren't my type. Mr. P isn't as tall as I. I don't wear heels much bc I'm not comfortable towering over him, and I still do bc he tends to slouch.
over 12 years ago
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Oh yeah, Nackdelm, I got the basketball thing too. I am a horrible athlete, and my short, muscular husband is a great one. It would be nice if our sons get my height but Jeremy's coordination!
over 12 years ago
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I used to be very conscious of my legs bc I thought they were too long or on the skinny side. They're not disproportionately long which I'm glad about. Then, later in my adult life, I realized that men and women prefer long legs. Still, I don't go around in mini-skirts and prefer to be covered up down there for the most part. haha.
over 12 years ago
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hehe good blog well I can nearly relate at 5'10, I don't find many women that are taller than me either. currently I'm carrying a little extra weight that I am trying to lose (she says with wine in hand), so I'm not gonna comment on the clothes size thing ^_~ Plus NZ sizes are different. I so understand the non-altheletic thing, my co-ordination is better than it used to be, I think coz - like you - I had a massive growth spurt in my teen years and was always gangly and unused to my long limbs. I understand Peachey's comment about male attractive to pixie sized (of any ethincity) women. Still I like my height and wouldn't trade. Amazon women should stick together!!
over 12 years ago
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What a great blog! I'm short....5'3" (a little taller in the morning!). That means that all of the average-sized clothes and shoes are always sold out. Bah. There's times, though, that I've been "taller" than those around me (no, not kids) and it's a really weird feeling to be towering over somebody else, especially when I'm short! Shimmy, shimmy, shimmy! E-gads! I laughed so hard!
over 12 years ago
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I'm 5'6" and I've always wanted to be taller so I kind of envy your height. I don't like to wear heels so I wouldn't mind being an inch or 2 taller. It's good that you're comfortable with your height and that you're a healthy size. I hire models for work sometimes and it astounds me when they're your height and wear a size 2. It's just so unhealthy.
over 12 years ago

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